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Six areas you must address in your company if you want to comply with the amended EE Act

by , 19 February 2015
Now that changes to the Employment Equity Act (EE Act) are in place, you must comply with them.

If you don't, the DoL will charge you fines of up to R2.7 million or 10% of your turnover.

So what can you do to avoid the wrath of the DoL?

We recommend you develop action plans that address these six areas in your workplace to comply with the EE Act and avoid crippling fines.

Here's how...


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There are 26 changes to the Employment Equity Act you must comply with in 2015...
 
If you don't comply with them, the DoL will be on your case.
 
In fact, the DoL could fine you 10% of your turnover or up to R2.7 million!
 
Discover how to check if you're complying with all of them to avoid crippling DoL fines.
 
 
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To comply with the amended EE Act and avoid fines of up to R2.7 million, come up with action plans that address these six areas in your workplace

 
The new EE Act requirements mean you must assess how your company does its activities. This will help you eliminate any form of unfair discrimination – something the EE Act is totally against.
 
So start looking into areas like:
 
1. Recruitment practices
 
For example:
 
  • Assess if your hiring procedures are fair;
  • Look at your affirmative action plans (i.e. are they in line with the EE Act?); and
  • Assess if your EE targets and goals are driving your recruitment efforts.
 
2. Demographics
 
Here, you must look at if you're actually bringing previously disadvantaged groups into your business.
 
3. Remuneration
 
The amended EE Act talks about 'equal pay for work of equal value'.
 
You need to look at how you pay your employees and make sure you don't discriminate when you pay them.
 
4. Terms and conditions of employment
 
Here, you must look at the criteria you use to determine who gets what from your company.
For example, how do you decide who gets a promotion or a company car.
 
5. Management practices
 
When it comes to this area, you can, for example, look at if your managers know what constitutes unfair discrimination. And do they understand the implications of unfairly discriminating? After all, you don't want managers who undermine your employment equity efforts.
 
6. Training and Development
 
In this area, you can, for instance, look at the steps your company is actually taking to train employees from previously disadvantaged groups.
 
To address each of these areas, you need to develop and implement step-by-step plans. This way, you'll comply with the EE Act and avoid fines. And make sure your employment equity efforts work.
 
But where do you start if you want to come up with action plans that address these six areas?
 
Simply check out The Employment Equity Act Compliance Toolkit. It contains everything you need to know. And it shows you how to easily implement all 26 EE Act changes.
 
We also advise you to keep reading fspbusiness.co.za for details of how to book an employment equity workshop we'll hold in March this year.


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